Thankful for Fraternity & Sorority Life
November is a time for giving thanks and reflecting on the wonderful experiences throughout the year. I am taking this time to reflect on all that fraternity/sorority life has given me.
I joined my sorority 12 years ago this November. It has been an amazing experience, and I look forward to many years to come. I have been given opportunities that otherwise would not have been given to me had it not been for me joining my organization. I made friends that have lasted, and we still get together for yearly trips, monthly FaceTime conversations, weekly Snapchats, and daily text messages. The support and love I have received and given to my sisters has been unparalleled in comparison to anything else in my life.
Looking back at the time I have spent in my sorority, I have a lot to be thankful for in these years. I have made connections and met people from all over the world because of my involvement in fraternity/sorority life even after my collegiate experience. I have traveled to many places for conferences, my career, and presenting opportunities.
When I reflect on all of the sisters and brothers I have met throughout my fraternity/sorority life membership, no two stories are alike. People have crossed my path in their own unique way. I smile when I check Facebook and see they finally went after their dreams and goals. I support and promote those that set out to improve the fraternity/sorority experience.
If we all work together to promote each other, raise each other up, and give support, then this fraternity/sorority life movement will skyrocket from where so many before us have built it up to today.
At each conference I attend, I gain more knowledge about what others are doing to promote, support, and encourage fraternity/sorority life at their institutions and headquarters. The knowledge gained is so widely utilized that I wish there were more sessions. I soak up all of the information I can throughout the days of conferences.
Making connections throughout meetings, sessions, and other avenues at conferences and other gatherings of fraternity/sorority advisors and headquarters professionals are so helpful. I utilize each person for best practices, learning through their experiences, and their knowledge base.
I am grateful for each day I am a member of the fraternity/sorority life community worldwide. This is the best decision I have ever made in my life, and I hope future generations utilize fraternities and sororities for what they are to be.
Amy Damron is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, now residing in Carrollton, Georgia. She started at the University of West Georgia in July of 2017 as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Amy graduated from Henderson State University, where she was highly involved in student activities, on campus media outlets, and Greek Life. She was accepted into Quincy University in fall of 2014 to pursue her Masters in Communications. While working on her masters, she was a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Affairs for Greek Life, student organizations, campus activities board, and leadership programs. After graduating in 2016, she pursued her first full-time professional job as the Coordinator for Greek Life Programs at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She enjoys working with college students and helping them throughout their transition between high school and their career path. She has had her college experience and now hopes to facilitate an even better one here at the University of West Georgia!